When the use of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, there were questions about the impact that the use of the drug would have on motorist safety on area roadways. State DUI laws have very strict limits in place, and drivers who exceed these limits may face drugged driving charges.
While these arrests help remove some of the impaired drivers off of roadways, there is still uncertainty regarding the number of accidents caused by motorists under the influence of the drug. State officials have started compiling data to analyze the impact of legal marijuana on traffic safety.
Nationwide, the number of accidents caused drivers using marijuana has increased substantially, according to the most recent data. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) examined 2013 accident statistics to learn more about the extent of the problem.
Over 40 percent of drivers killed in accidents tested positive for some type of drug. One-third of those drivers tested positive for marijuana. The GHSA is calling for greater awareness of the dangers of drugged driving, but, many states, Colorado included, are struggling to find the right way to address the issue.
The state only recently began compiling data concerning marijuana-related motor vehicle accidents. Over time, officials hope to be able to look back to see if they have a growing problem on area roadways.
What to do if you have been injured by a drugged driver
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, be sure that you contact law enforcement after the crash. Officers will respond to the scene and begin their investigation, and if the other driver seems impaired, will conduct additional tests to determine if the person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
After you have received treatment for your injuries, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your claims. Your attorney will be able to provide you with a clear review of the potential compensation you recover, and immediately begin helping you with your case.